December 2022 – With the Wild West Bass Trail set to enter its 8th year in 2023. The formidable trail attracts the highest-level anglers to compete in their Pro/Am, Teams, Kayak, and youth series events.
It also operates the APEX Pro Tour, which is the highest qualified level of professional bass competition in the West Coast. These events are televised on the Pursuit Channel capable of reaching 47 million households nationwide.
For the past 3 seasons, Randy McBride has served as the tournament director and emcee for the APEX Pro Tour and the Pro/Am’s. Randy McBride has been elevated to take the lead as event and promotions coordinator to conduct the Western Bass Shootout event and other various programs within WWBT and Apex Pro Tour.
In 2023 Mick Karshner will become the exclusive emcee for APEX Pro Tour and WWBT Pro/Am’s
Karshner is originally from Riverdale, California. Resides in Meridian, Idaho with his wife Vicki and two kids Luke and Julia. When I’m not catching bass, my business consists of digital marketing, networking, hosting and speaking at events.
Karshner has been fishing his entire life beginning around Lake Success in Porterville, CA. In 1988 he fished his first organized bass tournament. Since that time, he has fished at every level from clubs, teams, Pro/Am’s reaching a pinnacle of qualifying for the BASS Master Championship at the Alabama River.
His lifelong passion for the sport and community of bass fishing still burns today. When he was contacted about the potential of becoming emcee for the APEX Pro Tour, he was literally speechless. “I see this is a dream job/opportunity. Getting to immerse myself in the people and sport I love so much is very exciting. I’m looking forward to getting to know all of the anglers and serving the Wild West Bass organization.”